Love is the doctrine of this family, and service is its law.
This is our great covenant, to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.
God, make me a channel of thy peace, that
where there is hatred, I may sow love;
where there is wrong, the spirit of forgiveness;
where there is discord, harmony;
where there is error, truth;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there are shadows, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
~ St. Francis of Assisi
Promises Meditation-A great practice for an individual or a whole family.
As a family practice, share with one another about the promises you’ve made and how it would change you to be unable to keep them. Close your eyes, become comfortable in your space. Breathe in, breathe out… I want you to think of the promises you have made in your lives. The ones that are the most important to you. Perhaps it is the promise you made to be in relationship with someone. Perhaps it is the promise you made to care for someone when they were born. Perhaps it is the promise you made to join and care for the other members of your community, this church. Maybe a promise you made to a friend. Perhaps it is a promise you made to the wider world. Think of those promises you have made, that if you were not to keep them, would drastically change who you are as a person. Breathe in, breathe out.
Rev. David Pyle, “Covenant as Spiritual Practice”
Starr Austen, UUFH DRE
Victoria Safford- UU World Magazine contributor